Introducing one half of our photography team

It has to be said we have a couple of creative geniuses in our midst in the form of our two photographers, Ush and Jack. We wanted to know more about that makes them tick so this is the first of a two part creative journey, beginning with the musings of Ush:

How long have you been a photographer?

4 years in Property photography, 5 years freelance event photography, 5 years event production and photography

How long have you been at Move Revolution? How many photographs have you taken?

A year and 10 months. My shutter count lies at around 40,000 for that duration.

What photographer/s do you admire most and why?

Ansel Adams for changing the way landscapes were photographed on a technical level. Also for creating his own methods for developing and printing to accommodate for the massive scale of his prints. It was groundbreaking at the time and his prints are still incredible in person. If you ever get the chance to visit an exhibition of his prints which tour the world. Don’t hesitate.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ryan Brenizer for embracing new technology and pioneering some methods for compositing that go relatively unnoticed to the casual viewer other than to create a visually appealing effect. One which is out of the realms of capability for the equipment used.

Don McCullin. Again, out of my realm and I think that’s what I’ve enjoyed most about his work. It’s so beyond comprehension. Don was an utterly fearless documentary photographer from London. He was born in the midst of World War II and quite literally lived with war his whole life. Be it the conflicts close to home in Northern Ireland, to far afield in Vietnam. One story he’ll always have under his belt is that his Nikon stopped a bullet which was sent his way. His work has been some of the most moving photography you could ever lay your eyes on. One of the first, along with Eddie Adams, to really go out of his way to communicate what war-time suffering is like. So much so that he was banned from shipping out to the Falklands conflict for fear of his photography scaring the Brits at home. Government level censorship at it’s best.

What is your favourite all time photograph, that you have taken & why 

I change my mind far too much to nail this down to one photograph. I often like to revisit old photos to re-edit them. One image I’m I’ve really loved recently was this photo from Scotland when I visited with my Girlfriend and some friends. I love that the trees fill the frame and continue off the top, while my friends stand at the bottom of the frame, tiny in comparison. If I ever get a long tall wall. I’d love to get this printed out.

Here are some other more recent shots from a trip to Canada.

 

 

 

 

What is your favourite photograph (that you didn’t take!)

Again I could easily change my mind, especially with Ansel’s work. It’s easy to get caught up with some of the amazing images that are taken every day around the world and shared on social media. Standing back to appreciate the effort involved in a capture is worth a moment if your time. In this case. Ansel Adams has an image called Winter Sunrise, taken in Sierra Nevada. At first it’s a simple landscape shot, but it’s so striking with the intensely detailed snow caps on the mountains to the still-in-morning-shadow foreground peaks cutting straight through them. With the cloud cover, dark sky and grazing cattle on the bottom of the frame there is multiple horizontal layers of this image. Look at the way there’s a stream of light hitting the area where that cow is grazing! Ansel had a habit of getting up in the middle of the night to reach these places and staying there all morning or evening to wait for the right shot. If he didn’t get it one day, he’d check the weather and return the next. Now imagine this image printed by hand in a dark room on paper 4 metres wide. The monumental effort at the time is verging on overwhelming to somebody such as myself who’s more akin to shooting hundreds of images a day and sitting infront of a computer to edit them for an afternoon.

It’s this kind of image that drives me out to shoot for myself, and take the time. Photography can be therapeutic and relaxing if you know how to slow your pace down.

What is a normal ‘day’ like being a photographer at Move Revolution?

Every day and every house will throw a new challenge at you. It’s always nice to see photos taken by a previous agent and even other professional photographers and then visiting a property knowing you have to produce better work. Getting feedback from customers and on social media is addictive and motivating.

 

Thanks Ush, we love the fastidiousness you bring to the photography team and know you go the extra mile to bring out the best in every property you photograph.

Next time we’ll be with Jack, the other half of the creative team. Stay tuned for more insights!

If you’re thinking of moving and would love to have incredible photos of your home taken by our expert team, please call 0330 223 1000.

 

 

from sophiadana http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/introducing-one-half-photography-team/

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October half term places to go

Is half term really nearly upon us?! We’re wondering where the last few weeks have gone since the children went back to school, are you?

Read below for a handful of suggestions from some of our Area Sales Managers for places to go with your family during half term, to keep everyone occupied:

Louise Simpson, Reigate and Redhill

Louise suggests Denbies near Dorking and this half term they have some great sounding activities, from spooky crafts, spooky storytelling, “The Spookiest Fairy Tale Ever Told”,  and birds of prey. Many of the activities can be booked in advance here. We think the kids will love it!

Priory Farm in Nutfield has the great Spooky Trail, and fun is guaranteed as you wind your way up the hill and down again with lots of ghostly surprises in store. There is also the Witches Cavern across the road where you can go and choose your pumpkin to take home and carve.

Zac Ship, Tonbridge

Zac is planning to take his daughter to “Wear ‘m out” in Tonbridge, as a brilliantly handy place to go on a rainy day, he regards it as “always a winner”! There is a café there with healthy treats, so it’s easy to spend a few hours there while the childen have fun.

Paul Mulligan, Croydon

Paul recommends Kidsspace as somewhere to go on a wet weather day, it’s a fantastic soft play where the children have a great time running around the play frame.

He also enjoys the World of Golf, with the Dragon Quest course for children, which looks like great fun for a dry day!

Mathew Gurr, Haywards Heath

Mathew is planning to visit Washbrook Farm at Hurstpierpoint, where you can have a go at the “Guess the weight of the pumpkin” competition and the “cuckoo in the nest” quiz. There are even Halloween specials in the tearoom. Yummy!

Nicola Jordan, Marketing Director

Nicola has recently been to the Sealife Centre in Brighton with her daughter, and recommends following it with a walk through the tunnel to the seafront and having fish & chips on the pier.

She also wholeheartedly recommends Drusillas in Alfriston, especially as they have a special offer this half term for a child to go for £5 with a full price paying adult.

Sam Webb, Land and New Homes Manager

Sam loves taking her daughter to Hobbledown where they have pumpkin bowling, creepy crawlies and ‘The Spider’s Lair’ a puppet show which will take place in Topperpot’s Tepee Theatre. Sounds like great fun!

Mark Waldron, Sevenoaks

Mark has spotted the excellent sounding events at The Hop Farm, and let us know about it. With Pumpkin carving, face painting and a Zombie Shoot Out and Monster Mash Disco among other themed events, it sounds like a great day out.

 

He also spotted that Igtham Mote have a spooky spider web trail and a spider craft (craft on Thurs 26th Oct only) – dare you enter?!

If you’re looking for pumpkins, have a look at Crockford Bridge Farm just round the M25 near Weybridge. They have a fun play area, facepainting and an outdoor theatre performance (pre-booked tickets only). A great place to go for Halloween related fun.

One final place to mention is the delightfully named Pumpkin Moon, where you can grab yourself a colourful wheelbarrow, choose from 50 different types of pumpkins and squashes to take home and decorate for Halloween. It sounds wonderful!

 

We hope these ideas are helpful and you have a brilliant half term with your little monsters!

If you’re thinking of selling or letting your home, please give the team a call on 0330 223 1000.

from sophiadana http://www.moverevolution.com/blog/october-half-term/